Round Square International Service
Round Square is a world-wide association of schools on five continents sharing unique and ambitious goals. Students attending Round Square schools make a strong commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility.
The Round Square approach promotes six IDEALS of learning: Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. These are incorporated into the curriculum throughout all member schools.
Access to the Round Square network affords member schools the opportunity to arrange local and international student and teacher exchanges on a regular basis between their schools. Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in local and international community service projects and conferences.
Tasks tackled through the community projects include building schools, classrooms and community centres; building clean water systems for remote hill-tribes or creating and maintaining trails in National Parks. Local materials are used, and teams always work with local people ensuring that they take ownership of the work once it has been complete.
Their teams currently work in Thailand, Cambodia, Peru, Honduras, India, Kenya, South Africa, Romania, and Canada.
Round Square aims to equip school children for the future by combining the 6 IDEALS of international understanding, democracy, environmental stewardship, adventure, leadership and service. Activities organised or facilitated by Round Square and its schools for young people in order to promote these IDEALS include:
Round Square conferences, which are run both internationally and regionally.
Round Square International Service Projects, addressing community issues in remote locations.
Regional Projects, which are smaller scale international projects and conferences presented both nationally and internationally;
Local and international student/teacher exchanges facilitated between member schools within the Round Square network.
Round Square Global Forum.
These gatherings allow student delegates to meet from many dissimilar backgrounds to share cultural differences and to discuss internationally relevant issues.
1. RS Head : The Headmaster, Mr K Prabhakaran
2. RS Rep : Mrs Beena Varghese
3. Student Heads: a. Rajyasri Rao
b. Ansh Gupta
4. Student Pillar Heads:
A. Internationalism: a. Mekhna Prasad
b. Avram John
B. Democracy: a. V. Thakshana
b. Anyrudh Kumar
C. Leadership: a. Yashraj
b. Nandana S Kumar
D. Service: a. Kanisha Naveen
b. Arjun Singh Shekhawat
E. Adventure: a. Ananya Barua
b. Arjun Prasanna
F. Environment: a. Kashika Chowdary
b. Ishaan Prasad
Round Square International Conference 2019
The RS International Conference hosted by the Emerald Heights School, Indore from the 2nd to the 8th of October, 2019 was a 'larger than life ' event and probably the grandest RS event in recent RS history.
The world seemed to have descended over Indore with nearly 1300 delegates from 200 schools from 51 countries attending the event.
From The Lawrence School, Lovedale, the HM, the RS Rep and five students attended the conference. The students are Nayan Agarwal, Arjun Singh Shekhawat, PC Tanya, TM Onkar and Ishaan Prasad.
The students got an invaluable experience of sharing their ideas and views with the rest of the world.
The delegation was witness to some outstanding and unique keynote speakers such as Kailash Satyarthi, Maj DP Singh, Sophia - the first virtual citizen of the world, Madame Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and such others. Maj DP Singh, alongside whom the students also participated in a run was especially inspiring.
The students also participated in various activities such as Service, sports, barazas, adventure and visits to historical sites such as Mandu and Maheshwar.
During the cultural presentation, a classical dance by PC Tanya on "Vaishnav Jan' received a standing ovation.
Overall it was an extremely enriching experience for the students and all of them on the final day stated in unison, 'the best week of their lives '.
Round Square Vrindavan- A Report
The Round square service project was an admirable exposure for our students to experience the predicament of destitute women in the Ma Dhaam Ashram at Vrindavan.
The Project was initiated and executed well.
Our team of 10 students from class 11 was keen to be a part of the project from the commencement on day one. The team was put up at a place near the ashram.
Day 1: Our team reached Vrindavan, in the evening and we had a session with our project coordinator Mrs. Savera Nigam, who briefed the entire team on the way the project would be executed.
Day 2: We left early after breakfast and started the first day with an interaction with students of the school which is run by Ma Dhaam. All students were from from the underprivileged class of society. Round Square team gave them an opportunity to create Diwali Cards. Our volunteers played games with the children till the day ended. The second day also saw some creative games being played with the children.
Day 3: Construction work at the Ashram was carried out with gusto. Our volunteers helped in building a room and painting walls on the campus . The gates of the Ashram were also painted by our students.
Day 4: The volunteers had a fruitful interaction with local Sanjhi
Artists, wherein they were taught Sanjhi art with demonstrations by the experts.
The four days were full of action and fruitful labour. The volunteers were very sad to leave as they had developed close camaraderie amongst themselves. It was a wonderful experience for all. We were very well looked after.
Thanks to the Sri Ram School team and Mrs. Savera Nigam.
Virtual RS Conference and Interaction with Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School, Jodhpur
On the 25th of September 2019, there was a virtual conference over Skype with the Class 5 students of the RKK School, Jodhpur and the topic was “Say No to Plastic”. Initiated by the RS Rep, Ms Ruchi P Datta and supervised and conducted by Ms Anita Prabhu and Ms Sangeetha Jairam, the Conference was a mega success.
To get children to interact with each other, discussing the issue and finding solution to resolve the problem.
Some of the questions discussed were:
What is the major cause for plastic pollution in today’s time?
When is India going to be declared “Plastic Free”
Who invented/discovered plastic and when/? What is the name of the plastic island in the Pacific Ocean?
What steps can be taken to impact the environment that is already damaged?
What are the different kinds of waste generated?
What is the volume of waste generated by different cities in India?
How can the problem of Solid Waste be managed in today’s scenario?
What is Composting?
What is the chemical produced when plastic is burned?
What is segregation?
How can we help towards making the environment more eco-friendly?
The children of Class 5 were excited to be able to interact with the children of another school and they are hoping there will be more such interactions.
TOGETHER WITH KERALA
The Lawrence School, Lovedale along-with Round Square, an international network of over 180 schools has, in the aftermath of the Kerala floods, initiated a social service project, ‘Together with Kerala’, involving school children from across the country.
Though the students of the Lawrence School, Lovedale have been contributing their bit towards the relief efforts since their floods, the Project was conducted by the School from 29th March to 7th April, 2019. The Vivek High School (Chandigarh), Rajkumar College (Rajkot, Gujarat), The Doon School (Dehardun, Uttarakhand), Shri Ram School (Aravali, Gurgaon) and the Modern School (New Delhi) participated in the Project.
The visiting schools arrived at Lovedale on the 29th and then on the 30th, they were taken to the Shola grasslands within the School, where the students performed environmental service by de-weeding and watering the grasslands. They were apprised of the significance of the Shola grasslands as the original vegetation of the Nilgiris by Bosco Vasanth, an eminent environmentalist.
After a flavor of the Nilgiris via the heritage train ride, the delegates were then taken to a Toda village where they interacted with the tribals and learnt about the indigenous lifestyle of the tribals, with the help of another expert, Dr Tarun Chhabra. Delegates were agog by the survival skills displayed by the Toda people in many forms.
On the early morning of the 31st, the delegates left for Wayanad, Kerala, where they assisted in the construction of a classroom, a playground and a fence for a rural village for underprivileged children. They are also helped in the repair of two toilets for the students. It was heartening to observe the participating staff and students undertake hard manual labour, without as much as a twitch of the eye brow.
The heat and humidity notwithstanding, the 46 students put their best foot forward to lend a helping hand. Infact, it was a tremendous learning experience for the students as they stepped out of their comfort zones and learnt invaluable lessons in empathy, challenges of rural life and community living. Most of the visiting students were overwhelmed with the personal stories of the little children of the rural school and tried to add an element of fun in their lives by dancing and playing with them. The teachers too, not be outdone, participated actively in the construction work.
On the last day of the Project, the student delegates made creative and colourful charts and posters, based on the requirement of the beneficiary school. Bidding a teary farewell to each other and to the little kids of the rural school, the participating schools returned to their respective schools on the 7th of April.
A Mélange of Learning and Experience
On 19th September, an enthusiastic delegation of students, the DHM Mr Rajan Narayanan and the Round Square Representative left from School to undertake an ambitious journey to attend the Round Square International Conference at Lower Canada College, Montreal, Canada.
A road journey, three flights and almost 48 hours later, the enthused group reached their destination and dived right away into the proceedings.
The opening ceremony witnessed schools from across the globe waving their flags with the Lawrence School Lovedale inviting umpteen compliments for their crisp and unique uniform.
Soon after, Baraza sessions, Rica sessions, adult delegate meetings, good practices carousel, social service, group activities et al followed in quick succession. Students and adults alike stepped out of their comfort zones to interact with delegates from diverse and completely diametrically opposite cultures and value systems echoing the theme, 'Bring your Difference'.
The keynote speakers too were mind blowing to say the least! The living encyclopedia Wade Davis, Arabic feminist Dr Amal Elsana Alh'Jooj, LGBTQ activist Liza Dazols, poets, anthropologists and several other gifted and accomplished speakers; Each unique, each powerful.
Towards the weekend, two days at camp Jouvence tested the physical abilities of the delegates to the limit under freezing temperatures.
Rejuvenated, the delegates returned to Montreal for the closing ceremony, wherein the delegation of Lawrence School Lovedale had the privilege of interacting with the patron of Round Square, HE King Constantine of Greece.
In the cultural extravaganza of the closing ceremony, the semi classical dance presented by Team Lawrence bagged much appreciation with several teachers conveying their compliments to Mrs Ruchi Pradhan Datta.
Gratitude to Ms Sabitha for choreographing the dance!
The conference concluded on 26th September after which the team spent the next three days exploring the beautiful Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls, returning to School on 2nd October - jet lagged but having experienced the richest cultural exchange possible.
Explore Experience Empower
A delegation of six students and a teacher, Ms Manmeet Kaur Dutt had the opportunity to represent LSL at the Round Square Conference at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School Round Square Conference from the 12thto the 15th of September 2018. The theme for this Round Square Conference was ‘Explore Experience Empower’.
The conference commenced with the spectacular opening ceremony welcoming the delegates to ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ followed by the interactive Barraza sessions. The delegates also got to experience ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ through the eyes of the locals as they were hosted by the students’ families of DAIS. There was a plethora of activities that had been organized ranging from theatre and art to service activities. With inspiring grit and determination, the delegates toiled hard to clean the Versova Beach after Ganesh immersions despite the heat and trash embedded deep into the sand.
The Conference provided personal developmental opportunities, enhanced social and leadership skills, broadened their inter-cultural understanding and helped them forge lifelong friendships.
RSIS Conference - Mumbai
A delegation of six students had the opportunity to represent LSL at the Round Square Conference hosted by the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, from 12 to 15 September 2018. The theme for this Round Square Conference was ‘Explore, Experience, Empower’.
The conference commenced with a spectacular opening ceremony welcoming the delegates to ‘Aamchi Mumbai’ followed by the interactive Barraza sessions. The delegates got to experience ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ through the eyes of the locals as they were hosted by the students’ families of the DAIS. There was a plethora of activities that had been organized ranging from theatre and art to service activities.
With grit and determination, the delegates toiled hard to clean the Versova Beach after the immersions, post Ganesh Chaturthi, despite the heat and trash embedded deep into the sand. The Conference provided our pupils with opportunities for personal development, enhanced social and leadership skills, broadened their inter-cultural understanding and helped them forge lifelong friendships.
Round Square Regional (SA & Gulf) Service Project at Ladakh
Tanisha Pillai and Amrisha Sinha of class 12 accompanied by Ms Chandra Joshi, participated in the RS service project hosted by the Scindia School at the Thiksay village in Ladakh.
The project involved construction of two rooms in the administrative block of the Lamdon Model School in Thiksay. The objective was to create new infrastructure for the school and thus provide the opportunity to the children of Ladakh living in remote areas, to stay and study in the school.
The terrain of Ladakh and the project, physically and mentally challenged them but gave them the most emotionally satisfying experience. They also trekked all the way up to the Kandala pass which is at approximately 5000m above sea level.
Besides getting the opportunity of contributing for a cause, they had the most soul stirring experience of meeting and interacting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on his 82nd birthday.
Virtual Conference Concludes with a Flourish!
The Virtual Round Square Conference concluded today, with two animated sessions over three hours on 3rd February, 2017. These sessions included schools from Bangladesh, Kenya, Mumbai, Trivandrum, New Delhi and The Lawrence School, Lovedale.
The Baraza group allotted to us was called Florence Nightingale and a wide range of topics were discussed, such as : Community Service, Leadership, Environmental Stewardship, Good Citizenship et al.
Team Lawrence received a thunderous applause from Bangladesh, when Ananya Barua greeted them in Bangla and then all our students greeted the Baraza group in different Indian languages such as Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Hindi and Punjabi.
The sessions then ended with the students from all the countries ending with the 'Dab' stance further highlighting the fact that the youth across the world speak a common language.
VIRTUAL RS Conference
On 2nd February, 2017, nine of our Class IX our students were exposed to an amazing experience vis-a-vis the Virtual Round Square Conference with The Chittagong Grammar School, Bangladesh.
Five schools from four countries participated in this unique, first time ever virtual conference. These being :
1. The Chittagong Grammar School, Bangladesh
2. The Lyceum School, Karachi, Pakistan
3. Indian High School, Dubai
4. Pathways World School, Aravali
5. The Lawrence School, Lovedale.
The students participated quite animatedly. The expressions of our students say it all.